Thu, Jun 24, 2010
Kansas Senator Inviting Others To Discuss The Issue
The Commercial Spaceflight Federation says that Senator Sam
Brownback (R-KS), the former Chair of the Senate Science and Space
Subcommittee, will be hosting an event for his Senate colleagues
and their staff on Thursday to discuss commercial spaceflight.
"The private sector brings to the table many ideas for the next
chapter of America's mission in space, and I look forward to
hearing from leaders in the spaceflight industry about the best
ways to achieve a thriving commercial spaceflight industry,"
Brownback said. "The growth of commercial spaceflight will lead to
the creation of many highly-skilled, high-paying jobs. My
home-state of Kansas has been a leader in general aviation for
years now, and I have no doubt that we will also be leaders in
The keynote speaker is Norm Augustine, chairman of the Review of
U.S. Human Space Flight Plans Committee, and other panelists
- Ken Bowersox, SpaceX's Vice President of Astronaut Safety.
- George Sowers, United Launch Alliance's Vice President of
Business Development and Advanced Programs.
- William Claybaugh, Orbital Sciences' Senior Director for Human
- Mark Sirangelo, Sierra Nevada Corporation Space Systems
Chairman and Commercial Spaceflight Federation Chairman.
In his invitation letter, Senator Brownback asks his Senate
colleagues and staff to "hear some of the leading private aerospace
companies about what they believe the private sector can contribute
to America's mission in space, and what Congress can do to make it
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